March 18, 2014

The Genius of True Detective


You know how hard it is to get into a mediocre book after you've finished a great one? I often feel the same way about television shows. After binge watching Breaking Bad, I had been desperate to find a new show on its level. I started deleting one show after another from my DVR because they couldn't hold my interest.

This all changed when I started my love affair with True Detective. I can't remember when or how I first discovered the show. I just knew I'd be watching after hearing the words Harrelson, McConaughey and HBO. The first 8-episode season premiered in January to rave reviews, and I was instantly hooked.


From HBO's website:
IN 2012, LOUISIANA STATE POLICE DETECTIVES RUST COHLE AND MARTIN HART ARE BROUGHT IN TO REVISIT A HOMICIDE CASE THEY WORKED IN 1995. AS THE INQUIRY UNFOLDS IN PRESENT DAY THROUGH SEPARATE INTERROGATIONS, THE TWO FORMER DETECTIVES NARRATE THE STORY OF THEIR INVESTIGATION, REOPENING UNHEALED WOUNDS, AND DRAWING INTO QUESTION THEIR SUPPOSED SOLVING OF A BIZARRE RITUALISTIC MURDER IN 1995. THE TIMELINES BRAID AND CONVERGE IN 2012 AS EACH MAN IS PULLED BACK INTO A WORLD THEY BELIEVED THEY'D LEFT BEHIND. IN LEARNING ABOUT EACH OTHER AND THEIR KILLER, IT BECOMES CLEAR THAT DARKNESS LIVES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE LAW.


To say the show is dark and creepy would be an understatement. As fellow blog friend Kelly put it, True Detective is like The Silence of the Lambs and Seven get married, then Seven realizes it has married into The Texas Chainsaw Massacre family. Aside from the show's darkness, it's brilliantly written and directed. And can you go wrong with Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey? No. No, you can't.

Woody is great, but Matthew is better. McConaughey's portrayal of Rust Cohle is the best of his career, even better than his Oscar winning performance in Dallas Buyers Club. Rust is gritty, raw and deeply troubled. Yet through his pain and anguish, you're able to see his brilliant mind and sense of humor. And, like every single one of his onscreen personas, there's a little bit of McConaughey himself in the character. His honest performances are why I love him so much.


True Detective is one crazy twist and turn after another. Every week, I had a new theory. And every week, Woody and Matthew had me on the edge of my seat. I was so anxious and nervous the night of the finale that I actually wanted to throw up. That's good tv, y'all.

Currently, there's no final word on a second season. What we do know is that Harrelson and McConaughey won't be back. The show will reportedly refocus on two new detectives. Even though I'll miss Rust and Marty, I know that creator Nic Pizzolatto has great things in store for us. The latest buzz is that they're trying to get Brad Pitt.



Oh, my True Detective lovin' heart is all a flutter!

11 comments:

Beth said...

I totally 100% agree that Matthew's performance in this show (mostly the final scene of the finale) was his best performance ever. even better than Dallas Buyers Club.

and I too, almost vomited while watching the finale. just b/c I was so emotional and very creeped out (ie "making flowers" and that house...so disgust)

Christina said...

Ooooh, Brad Pitt! I will miss McConaughey, but I really think it'll be good with any cast/story with Pizzolatto behind it. He's pretty amazing.

He Calls Me Grace said...

I can't wait to see what they come up with for Season Two!!

Alyssa Whitt said...

You had me at Silence of the Lambs.

Kelly @ turned UP to ELEVEN! said...

I would DIE if they got Brad. I LOVE Brad in gritty roles like this. And you're so right Matthew blew me away - TONS more than Dallas Buyers Club - it was just riveting the entire time!!!

Great write up and thanks for the props on my twisted description of this show. I'm still shuttering thinking about the final epic scene and then in love with the last official scene of the season.

Allena said...

I've only watched the first episode because I'm too busy at work, but my husband liked it so much he's rewatching it with me. So that's saying something!

Karen M. Peterson said...

It's saved in my Netflix queue. As soon as it's on DVD, I will be watching.

Leiah said...

Nic Pizzolato is from Lake Charles, LA - where I work. I'm originally from Bmt, TX where they met up with the motorcycle gang and That Man is from Eunice. As someone who lives in the area, I can tell you that the location references, highways and even the pronunciation of names and towns are spot on. We loved watching this show - specially hearing them talk about all the towns we're either from, have been to or have family from. If you loved the subject of the show, research the Jennings 8. There were 8 women from Jennings, LA that were murdered and the killer was never found. Major speculation that the Task Force was involved. Sound familiar?

Christine Bewley said...

I finally finished up the ones in my DVR. It was amazing! I didn't know that Harrelson and McConaughey wouldn't be back and that makes me sad, but it also makes me a little excited for the future of the show.

Peace Love Applesauce- Terri said...

I need to watch!!

Teri M said...

I lurved this show! Won't be the same without Woody and Matthew, but I will definitely give it another shot.